The Mercury's 4-17 record might just be the result of some injury misfortune. But Diana Taurasi's continued absence has some wondering if it's part of an orchestrated plan by Phoenix to maximize its draft-lottery potential.
Plenty of change -- a franchise lost and a franchise moved, for instance -- has taken place since last season. But an old favorite, defending champ Phoenix, helps tip off the league's 14th season Saturday.
Like most businesses in these difficult economic times, the WNBA has been forced to cut costs and make changes. But, especially because extravagance has never been part of the WNBA, the league continues to grow despite the financial climate.
New Phoenix coach Paul Westhead isn't too worried about what his team will look like the first few games of the season. His system takes a little while to evaluate -- and his players' lungs need a bit of time to adjust, too.